Using the options listed on the View tab in the Options window, you can hide nearly all of the software’s interfaces:

  • Options in the taskbar menu

  • Fade-out pop-up in the taskbar

  • Access to the Configuration Panel

Showing options in systray menu

You can choose to hide the Console, Configuration Panel and Connection Panel options in the taskbar (systray) menu. The menu can thus be reduced to the single item Quit.

The taskbar menu’s Quit item cannot be removed using the software. However, it can be deleted using the installation options (see “Deployment Guide”).

Showing the systray fade-out pop-up

When the Don’t show the systray sliding popup option is disabled, a fade-out pop-up appears above the VPN Client icon in the taskbar when a VPN tunnel is opened or closed.

This pop-up shows the tunnel status when it is being opened or closed and automatically fades out unless the mouse cursor is placed directly over it:

Tunnel is open

Tunnel is closed

Failed to open the tunnel: the window will briefly explain what happened and provide a hyperlink for more information about the incident.

Restricting access to the Configuration Panel

In SN VPN Client Exclusive, the interface of the Configuration Panel is restricted to administrators, by default. To give users access to the Configuration Panel, uncheck the Restrict access to Configuration Panel to administrators option.

To start the VPN Client in administrator mode, right-click on the SN VPN Client Exclusive icon and then select the Run as administrator menu item.


VPN Client startup mode

If the option automatically after Windows logon is checked, the VPN Client will start automatically when the user session is opened.

If the option is not checked, the user must start the VPN Client manually, either by double-clicking on the desktop icon or by selecting the software in the Windows Start menu.

Refer to section Starting the software.

If the in TrustedConnect mode option is also checked, the VPN Client will start up showing the TrustedConnect Panel. Otherwise, the VPN Client will start up showing the Connection Panel.

Disabling detection of network interface disconnection

The standard behavior of the VPN Client is to close the VPN tunnel at its end as soon as a communication issue is encountered on the remote VPN gateway.

For unreliable physical networks prone to frequent micro-disconnections, this function can have drawbacks (which can go as far as not being able to open a VPN tunnel).

When the Disable detection of network interface disconnection box is checked, the VPN Client will not close tunnels as soon as a disconnection is observed. This guarantees a very stable VPN tunnel, even on unreliable physical networks, typically wireless networks such as Wi-Fi, 4G, 5G or satellite.

Show connection popup

A connection window will be displayed automatically every time a VPN connection is established.

This feature can be disabled by unchecking the Show connection popup box.

Displaying more parameters

If required, SN VPN Client Exclusiveallows you to configure additional parameters, which are not documented in this document.

Under certain circumstances, the Stormshield support team may offer to add additional parameters (Name, Value) that will allow you to manage specific use cases, either on the version of the installed software or in patches that will be provided to you.

To enable the More parameters tab in the VPN tunnel configuration window as shown below, check the Show more parameters option.

Managing logs

Refer to section Administrator logs.

PKI options

The PKI Options tab is used to fine-tune smart card and token management and to further specify certificate access.

PKI options include the following:

  • Configuring rules for gateway certificate verification (validity, CRL, key usage)

  • Specifying the certificate that the VPN Client must use to open a VPN tunnel

  • Defining the smart card reader or token to use on the user workstation

When deploying the software, all these options can be preconfigured when the SN VPN Client Exclusive is installed.

Certificate Check

Check gateway certificate signature

When this option is selected, the VPN gateway certificate is checked (including its validity date), as well as all certificates in the certificate chain down to the root certificate.

Security advisory: When this option is selected, the subject of the gateway certificate must be entered in the Remote ID of the tunnel concerned to prevent vulnerability 2018_7293 from being exploited.

Check certificate chain with CRL

When this option is selected, the Certificate Revocation List (CRL) of the VPN gateway certificate is checked, as well as the CRL of all certificates in the certificate chain down to the root certificate.

The root and intermediate certificates must be imported into the configuration or available in the Windows Certificate Store. Likewise, the CRLs must also be accessible, either in the Windows Certificate Store or available for download.

Certs of Gateway and Client are issued by different CA

If the VPN Client and the VPN gateway use certificates from a different certification authority, this box must be checked.

Only use authentication certificate

When this option is checked, the VPN Client will only take into account Authentication certificates (i.e. certificates whose key usage extension contains the digitalSignature attribute).

This function allows you to automatically select a certificate when several are stored on the same smart card or token.

The checkbox is grayed out when the KEYUSAGE property is set to 2 or 3 during installation (refer to the “Deployment Guide”.

Certificate Access

Force PKCS#11 interface usage

The VPN Client knows how to handle the PKCS#11 and CNG APIs in order to access the certificate for smart cards or tokens.

When this option is checked, the VPN Client will only consider the PKCS#11 API to access the certificate for smart cards and tokens.

Use the first certificate found

When this option is checked, the VPN Client will use the first certificate found on the specified smart card reader or token.

Token/Smart Card Reader choice

Use the token/SC reader configured in the VPN Config. VPN

The VPN Client uses the reader or token specified in the VPN configuration file to search for a certificate.

Use the first token or SC reader found on this computer

The VPN Client uses the first smart card or token found on the workstation to search for a certificate.

Use the token or SC reader configured in vpnconf.ini file

The VPN Client uses the vpnconf.ini configuration file to identify the smart card readers or tokens to use to search for a certificate.

Refer to the “Deployment Guide”.

Since the use of the vpnconf.ini file only applies to the PKCS#11 interface, this option requires that the Force PKCS#11 interface usage option be selected.

Managing languages

Choosing a language

SN VPN Client Exclusive can be run in several languages.

You can change languages while running the software.

To choose another language, open the Tools > Options menu, then select the Language tab.

Choose the desired language in the drop-down menu:

The list of languages available in the standard version of the software is provided in an appendix in section Technical characteristics of SN VPN Client Exclusive.

Editing or creating a language

SN VPN Client Exclusive lets you create new translations or edit the language used, then test these changes dynamically through an integrated translation tool.

On the Language tab, click the Edit language… link to display the translation window:

The translation window is split into 4 columns, which display the number of the character string, its identifier, its string in the original language and its translation in the selected language respectively.

Using the translation window, you can perform the following actions:

  • Translate each character string by clicking on the corresponding row.

  • Search for a specific character string in any column of the table (use the Find field then the F3 key to browse through every occurrence of the character string you have entered).

  • Save the changes (Save button).

The characters or character strings below must not be modified during translation:
%s the software will replace it with a character string
%d the software will replace it with a digit
\n indicates a carriage return
& indicates that the following character should be underlined
%m-%d-%Y indicates a date format (in this case US format: month-day-year). Only edit this field if you are certain of the format used in the target language.
The IDS_SC_P11_3 string must be left as is.